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Indian Father Spearheaded Eco-Feminist Programme To Honour Her Late Daughter

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In India throughout history, girls have been valued less than boys. But after a father lost his daughter, he spearheaded a nationwide campaign to change gender perceptions.

It all started in a village called Piplatri in Rajashtan. In 2007, Kiran, Shyam Sunder Paliwal’s 17-year-old daughter died due to dehydration. Heart-broken but wanting to honor her, his family planted a tree near the entrance of the village in her name. He then thought about turning it into a larger program and other villagers follow suit.

As an eco-feminist, he talks about how nature gives him and his family strength. “Because the more we protect the environment (around Piplantri, India), the more it will reciprocate. Those who work with nature don’t worry too much.”

The marble mining deluded the hills, leaving the surroundings parched. Paliwal took it as the reason for his daughter’s death. And he does not wish it for any other parents.

If before, girls are devalued. Now, every time a girl is born in Piplantri, villagers plant 111 trees – an auspicious number for local Hindus – to both honour her and to regenerate the environment. As Piplantri’s trees have grown, its groundwater level has increased and the cultural shift symbolically improved the status of women. The growing forest is now serving as a model. Indian villages can go green while improving their water management.

According to Nimisha Gupta, the chief executive officer of the district’s local governing bodies, part of Piplantri’s environmental success comes from viscerally linking the environment to the people. “When you attach it to tradition and make trees like family members, it makes sense emotionally,” she said.

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Once, Paliwal suggests other villagers to plant trees for their girls as well, it became unstoppable. The region now has more than 350,000 trees, from mango and gooseberry to sandalwood, neem, peepal and bamboo, growing across the once-barren lands and covering an estimated 1,000 hectares. This small token has expanded into a broad eco-feminist movement. New parents of daughters also sign an affidavit saying they won’t marry them off before they turn 18 and will guarantee them finishing school.

“No-one has dropped out, regardless of caste or background,” said Giridharilal Jatia, a local school principal.

Villagers also chip in to open a trust fund for each girl with Rs 31,000 (RM1,725) that she can access once she turns 18, either for her education or to help pay for her wedding.

Nanubhai Paliwal, Nikita’s aunt, said she had two sons. But after the Piplantri movement, she started wishing for granddaughters. Now she has two, and trees were planted when they were born.

“Earlier we considered them burdens. Now we don’t think that way,” she said. “We have no particular desire for sons.” She then looked around, pointing at all the trees. The effort brings economic improvement to the village too. This two-pronged goal not only helps the environment but also generates income for residents. Women of the village create products from the plants such as juices, food items, and gels… In the coming year, they plan to expand to products made from gooseberries, bamboo, and honey. They are all part of the village’s greening efforts.

In 2018 the state government instituted a training center here to educate people on the ‘Piplantri Model’.

Source: BBC

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Shop Review: Best Bazaar Ramadhan In KL? What Does Mark O’Dea Search For?

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A particular famous YouTuber named Mark O’Dea is back at it again to search for the best Bazaar Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur for this holy month of Ramadhan in the year 2021.

This time around, he is accompanied by his own friend named Tom. He decided to bring along his friend because as he stated in the video, Tom has never been to any Ramadhan Bazaar even though he has been living in Malaysia for a very long time. In this video, they were on their way to a Bazaar Ramadhan located in Chow Kit Road, Kampung Baru specifically in Kuala Lumpur.

According to their plan, they have agreed to buy food that they have never tasted before in their whole life. It would be such an eye-opening experience for them as Bazaar Ramadhan is very well-known to be selling so many foods and beverages that people could rarely see during other months except the Ramadhan month.

These are 5 of the delicious foods that they have bought from the Bazaar Ramadhan in Chow Kit Road:

1) Prawn Ball And Octopus Ball

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They said that they have never tasted or even seen this before. That is why they decided to try and bought them.

2) Pecal

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According to the video, the seller stated that pecal is vegetarian food and it is sold for RM3 each.

3) Tepung Pelita

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They wanted to try Tepung Pelita because the seller said that it is such a sweet snack. That is why they are on board to eat this even though they have never tried them before in their life.

4) Quail (Burung Puyuh)

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For this particular food, he even does not have any idea what it is called. So, for sure he never tastes this food before. That is why he decided to buy this food.

5) Roti Jala

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He first assumed that this food is known as Spaghetti but the seller told him that it is known as Roti Jala.

Sources: YouTube Mark O’Dea

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Want To Pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’? Try Doing It Online Using Shopee

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It is an obligation for Muslims all around the world to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ when the holy month of Ramadan has finally arrived. ‘Zakat Fitrah’ is a charity taken for the poor a few days before the end of fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Every Muslim is required to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ at the conclusion of the month of Ramadan as a token of thankfulness to God for having enabled him or her to observe the obligatory fast.

There are actually so many ways on how to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ nowadays in this modern world. Other than paying ‘Zakat Fitrah’ directly towards the person who is responsible to collect it, people also could pay it by using online banking such as Maybank. There is also one more alternative that can be used to pay it and that is using Shopee.

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The rate of zakat fitrah is different based on the provisions of the Religious Authorities of the States. This different particular rate will be displayed when you pay zakat fitrah and select your state zakat body in Shopee. There are actually so many benefits that could be obtained when people pay their ‘Zakat Fitrah’ through Shopee such as:

  • Zakat payment is now easier with various payment methods via ShopeePay, debit cards, online banking, and cash payments at 7-Eleven.
  • Zakat payments can be made quickly and securely from home or wherever you are with the Shopee app.
  • The zakat collected will be channeled to zakat institutions that work with Shopee to ensure that your contribution is distributed to eligible recipients.

These are 6 simple steps on how to pay ‘Zakat Fitrah’ just by using Shopee:

  1. Launch the Shopee application and then choose the particular option of “Deals, Top-Ups & Bills”. Then, click on the “Zakat Fitrah” icon to directly transported to the ‘Zakat Fitrah’ page.
  2. Select the Zakat Institution of your choice, Fitrah Rate and enter the Number of People (Self / Dependent). Then, click Continue.
  3. Complete your IC Number, Full Name, Email Address, Telephone Number and Address. Make sure your information is complete and correct. Then, click Continue to pay.
  4. Own ShopeePay as your payment method. Guaranteed fast and smooth. In addition, you can pay by debit card, online banking or cash payment at 7-Eleven. Before payment, state your Zakat Fitrah Intention and click ‘OK’.
  5. After the payment has succeeded, click ‘View Order Details’ to view zakat payment order details.
  6. Lastly, click the “Download Confirmation Of Zakat Fitrah Payment” to see proof of Shopee payment in your app.

Sources: Shopee.

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Separated Since Babies, This Identical Twins Finally Reunite After 36 Years

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Identical twins Molly Sinert and Emily Bushnell were separated at birth in South Korea and adopted by different families. Molly went on living in Florida while Emily in Pennsylvania. The siblings spent most of their lives totally unaware of each other’s existence and little information about their birth family.

But everything changes after Emily’s 11-year-old daughter, Isabel wanted to make a DNA test to explore her heritage.

Isabel said, “I wanted to do the DNA test because she was adopted. I wanted to find out if I had more family on her side.”

Meanwhile in Florida, Molly also decided she wanted to take a DNA test to find out more about her mother’s history. The database confirmed her relations with Emily.

“(The results said:) ‘You share 49.96% DNA with this person. We predict that she’s your daughter’. This is obviously not right because I’ve never gone into labor, I don’t have children.”

Shortly after, she figured out that she must be her sister. They contacted each other but decided not to have a video call until they met in person.

Even though Emily didn’t feel comfortable taking the test, but finding out about her twin makes everything so clear.

“Although I have family who loves me and has been wonderful, there was always a feeling of disconnection. Finding out that I had an identical twin sister just made everything so clear. It all makes sense.”

As the twins got to know each other, they discovered more and more similarities between themselves.

Emily added: “Our senior prom picture…we were both wearing a beaded dress with a strapless style and our hair was exactly the same.

Emily concluded by describing the reunion as ‘the happiest moment of her life’.

Source: Daily Star

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